According to the latest ESG research 97% of companies are already either using cloud or have active plans in place to start using the cloud, regardless of what your position is within your companies IT operations you have to ask the question as to how any technology that you buy will enable you to connect to or integrate with the[…]Read more
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Who are you and why should I care?
It’s a fair question and when I think about many of the meetings I have, when you cut to the heart of what the person that I’m meeting with is actually thinking then on many occassions this is probably it. So who are we and why should you care? NetApp is a Hybrid Cloud Data Services company, we enable companies[…]Read more
What I’ve learnt from public speaking
I was recently asked for some of the lessons I’ve learnt, or guidelines I follow when I’m getting ready for a talk. After sharing them I was asked if I would consider sharing them more broadly, so I decided I’d put them here on my blog. Never break a speaking slot down into the number of slides you think you[…]Read more
Am I ‘ever trapped’ with my storage investment?
Are you thinking about buying into one of these ‘storage forever’ programs? You know the ones, buy now with 6 years gold support and get free controllers or credits in 3 years’ time. You could be paying more and getting trapped into upgrades that offer little to no performance improvements. The performance results in the LinkedIn post from John Martin[…]Read more
How little IT users consider IT costs
This is probably a familiar story, a while back now someone had the great idea of creating a new corporate powerpoint slide deck with around 100 different slides of various shapes and formats as Master Slides for you to choose from. In my experience the problem is that most people have no idea what Master Slides are or how they[…]Read more
It’s HCI Jim but not as we know it
As I saw the news from IDC on how they are expanding their definition of hyperconverged systems to include those that are disaggregated in nature such as our NetApp HCI, I immediately started thinking of a blog and what the title would be and the one above got stuck in my head. I apologise if you know where this came[…]Read more
With Data, what’s above it and below it really matters!
If you aren’t aware of the capabilities below your Data then you may be missing out on huge opportunities above it. I remember many years ago NetApp used to describe ourselves as a Data Management company, I also remember that it often caused a number of different reactions… No you are not! Data Management is about how you extract value[…]Read more
Changing demands and expectations – talking SMAC
Just as interesting to me as technology progress is the pace of change that we see because of the impact of mobile technologies, social tools and the acceleration in the pace of life. My talk at a recent NetApp new hire event was recorded, I decided to share part of it that I hope might cause you to consider what[…]Read more
The increasing irrelevance of the RFP
It’s faster than the product you had before, it’s more efficient and simpler to manage but what did it do for your companies strategy? Features, Speed, Efficiency and Simplicity are easy to quantify, I think that’s maybe why we focus on them so much and they do provide incremental benefits. To IT teams these benefits may seem substantial but when[…]Read more
Are you Cloud first! or Cloud first?
It’s funny how something as simple as punctuation can fundamentally change an idea, an approach or a strategy. Looking back a few years ago then it definitely felt like most companies strategy was Cloud first! I think there were many reasons for this Everyone was talking about the Cloud, it was truly moving up toward what Gartner’s Hype Cycle likes[…]Read more